Two recent graduates of the master's program in occupational therapy were featured in the September issue of Advance for Occupational Therapy Practitioners for their on-campus initiative to address mobility challenges met by students, faculty members and campus visitors.
Katie Conner, OTR, and Kathryn Kuemmel, MOT, under the direction of Karen Barney, Ph.D., OTR/L, F.A.O.T.A., professor emerita in the department of occupational science and occupational therapy focused their research on the SLU medical campus and assessed access to buildings, restrooms, elevators, hallways and water fountains.
Over the course of three months, the team reviewed 10 buildings and identified barriers ranging from a lack of grab bars near toilets to narrow doorways and automatic door openers that failed to stay open long enough to allow an individual using a wheelchair adequate time to roll through.
Encouragingly, the team found that the newer buildings on the med campus were more accessible and were happy with the results. The team has produced an accessibility guide for the medical campus and will propose a list of recommendations to the administration.